Friday, August 24, 2012

Healthy Sides Showing

Are your kids heading back to school? Maybe they are a week in and have already come home coughing, sneezing, or with something like pink eye.

     Back to school means major germ bombardment, unwashed hands, and uncovered coughs...and....well, we wont talk about what else kids might do or germs they may encounter. (yuck)

As busy Moms, the best we can do is arm them properly with the best defense mechanisms we can.
I'm not talking about spraying them down with Lysol every two minutes either, though you may be tempted.

I'm also not talking about throwing your whole child in the washing machine, though it might feel appropriate.

I'm certainly not talking about pulling out your husband's high pressure washer to spray them off in the driveway before they enter your just cleaned house.

Nope, I'm talking about taking AMAZING measures that take only a few minutes, help your kids to have stronger immunity, better focus, and ... wait for it....wait....wait....


Check this out...



How's your attitude when you feel like crap? Yup. Mine too. (Insert wink, now your getting it)

Okay Mom: So here's your FREE TOOL BOX

1. Keep 'em hydrated. You might be focusing on keeping your water intake at those recommended 8 - 8oz. glasses, but what about your tyke? Sending a water bottle to school with them makes this easier! A properly hydrated body excretes toxins easier!

2. Start Right. Everyone knows already that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but I'm not talking about fueling with junk - ever see what happens when you put sugar in a gas tank? What do you think happens to your body!? Why would you do that to your kids? A perfect start includes: Whole Grain Oats, Fresh Whole Fruit, and....a vegetable! (Yup, I just wrote that) I like offering Oatmeal, rice, or quinoa with fresh fruit and flax seed partnered with a smoothie that includes leafy greens and probiotics)

3. Send them armed. Pack easy to eat vegetables like carrots, celery, sliced peppers and jicama. Fruits like bananas and oranges. Vegetables are packed with Immunity Boosting nutrients like Vitamin C and nutrients that support mental and emotional health like B Vitamins.

4. Make 'em Move It. My son always rolls his eyes when I kick him off the couch and away from the television but he always ends up enjoying himself. How about kicking a soccer ball around? Practicing batting? Skateboarding? Rollerblading? Exercise boosts the immunity and improves circulation.

5. Keep Green. Greens, Glorious Greens. Yes, if you can at every meal! The benefits are more than I can count, from Immunity Strengthening to Blood Cleansing - how? Worst case - a smoothie, but you can put them in soups, stews, pasta salads. Think outside the box as much possible.

6. Try Natural. If the case does come up where your chilun' comes home sick there are a wide variety of natural remedies and healing methods you can use that have been used my Moms everywhere for millenia. If you aren't confident in this space, contact a Naturopathic Doctor or Pediatrician and they will support you. I love things like Chamomile Tea, Neti Pots, Hot Lemon Water, Homemade Chicken Broth, and the fact that allowing them to rest can help them to heal by a milestone.

 Feel overwhelmed? Pick one of these tools to use this month, add another next. My entire practice is around supporting Moms in applying tools like this in their lives and helping them to supply them for their families. For a free sneak peek of how I work - contact me for your FREE one hour break through session!

In vibrant health and happiness,
Tammi Hoerner, CHHC, MH

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Closing Summer Up with the Practice Of Presence

Dominik starts school on Monday.
There are so many fun things to do in the city!
 This is at the WOW Museum in Lafayette, CO

How did the summer go by so fast?

     In reflection, this was the first summer I've had to spend with my kiddos and have enjoyed every last minute of it! It's been so wonderful to be here, to watch my son (and daughter in her young adult life) grow and change. To experience the long hot lazy summer days watching Dominik run through the sprinkler or to spend time in Cherry Creek with Auriel, eating brunch at our favorite French Restaurant. It makes me feel alive, full, engaged, and fulfilled. There truly is nothing like being an entrepreneur and being empowered to design my career to allow for such times.

Also at WOW in Lafayette
     Our summer has included our first shipment of chicks; a garden full of colorful vegetables, our first plums on our ten year old plum tree, Oriole and Woodpecker sightings, and walks with Sport (our last of a team of three amazing loving dogs) around the yard to chase kitties and dig in the dirt. Our summer was also filled with festivals, a trip to the mountains, the museum, the zoo, the Children's Museum, WOW, and lots of trips to Monkey Business. What a wonderful summer it has been, one I will always remember.

     It's also been a summer of growth for The Nourished Life, Back2Basic Nutrition , and New Beginnings Health & Wellness. All have been quite rewarding but also incredibly challenging while I learn to balance and be in full control of my life. I earned and was rewarded a Health Leadership Award in July from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, this was both an honor and a surprise. I'm truly grateful for everything that has happened in each division of my new career this summer and look forward to the lasting impact in the months ahead.

     What an amazing summer with so much to be truly grateful for!

     What happened during your summer? Did it impact your life? Do you have lots of memories to tuck away? How about photos or stories to share?
     Every minute we practice presence, we are given the gift of being engaged in our own life and the lives of those we love.
     Practicing presence can be challenging, especially when we - as most Mothers are - are being pulled in so many directions at once, it's much easier to live life in your head.
     What is presence? What do I mean? From my own definition, this practice is staying in the moment. Every time you find yourself thinking of yesterday or tomorrow, you are not in the moment. If you are thinking of this past morning and after work, you are not in the moment. Here are some tips to help you accomplish this rewarding experience;

  • To get myself in the moment, I start by taking a deep breath, maybe two. 
  • Then I close my eyes. I feel my feet, my arms, my toosh in the chair. 
  • I take another deep breath.
  • I then listen to the sounds around me, gently and lovingly pulling myself back every time my mind wanders. 
  • I then will open my eyes to look around me directly. What am I surrounded by? What colors do I see,  what shapes do I see? 
  • In this moment, how do I feel? How do YOU feel? 
     Taking on this practice helps me to be more present for my life, which as you know, we don't get to do twice and since I wouldn't give any piece of it up for the world, I'd like to be here, in the present to experience it. Wouldn't you?

In vibrant health & happiness,
Tammi Hoerner, CHHC, MH

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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Cornish Game Hens

8 week old Cornish Game Hen

Having chickens has been such an enlightening adventure for me, my hubby, and my kids. We have enjoyed their little personalities so far. They are funny, shy, skittish (now I know where the terms of being a chicken came from), and will eat anything (even plastic or styrofoam - like people, not that it's good for them, but it's there). 
The greatest lesson for us was learning that Cornish Game Hens are not full grown adult chickens. The typical slaughter time is at 6 weeks. So, those little bodies you see at the store...those are babies. That's why they are small. 
At 8 weeks, they are nearly the size of a full grown chicken. Yet, they are only 8 weeks old. At 8 weeks our chickens are only just beginning to experience the out doors, are just learning that they love strawberries, and can barely hold themselves up on two legs. They are all free range and are fed at night just before time to recoop them. They have the wide open grassy lawn, the garden, and another wild acre to venture. Most of the chickens are exploring, but the cornish game hen are tired easily, so only venture into the zucchini patch where they curl up and take a nap. It's quite sad, actually. 
This is why we could justify the second butcher so soon. Watching them try to do some of the things the other chicks were doing, only to fear they'd break a leg. They would lay down to eat, lay down to drink. Not by laziness, but by having a body too large for their (actually quite large) legs. 
So, now, we have chicken in the freezer. What's interesting is there is very little fat, so it's not like these were fat chickens. I understand that they are bred (hhhmmmm genetic modification by a gentler name?) to grow quicker and that this is not natural. 

Okay, so there you have it. I'm not sure we'll get more Cornish game hens. Really, it just seems off and unfair for any living thing to only experience 8 weeks of life. That's the main point in this whole process. If we are going to eat meat, to fully understand and reconnect with it seems like the right thing to do. I did cry this day, and felt sad. We did not prepare the meat right away - it's in the freezer. Ultimately, we'll see if this gets easier. 

The rest of the chickens are growing and look more like chickens and less like chicks. They are so beautiful, friendly, curious, and fun. I'm hoping to see eggs in October, but I think actually it will be November and that through the winter the eggs will be slower. Either way, I'm glad we wont be butchering any more for at least a few months. *whew*. 

When I get the guts up to cook one, I'll share the recipe. 

In Vibrant Health and Happiness, 
Tammi Hoerner
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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Never Thought I'd Say It...

"Where is my zucchini?!"
That's all I could say, we've had a ton of flowers and I've been brainstorming like mad to be sure I had plenty of ideas of what to do with it, but honestly, my zucchini chips were the last I got from the garden!

Today, I went out to pull the ready foods from the garden and lo and behold....

The chickens have been pretty much nesting in the Zucchini plants! They are cozy under the giant leaves, it's shady and cool - not to mention comes with a nice little snack bar....which happen to be my baby zucchinis.

Hmmm... Just as I was celebrating the leave of the grasshoppers.


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Zucchini Everywhere!

It took awhile to learn it, but anyone who grows zucchini knows they are very, very prolific. And...unless you absolutely want to eat zucchini for every meal, every day, you should probably only plant 1 or 2 plants.

Even adding them to my smoothies, they manage to get in front of me, so... here's a fun way to use up your zucchini!

Zucchini Chips
1 medium zucchini (garden fresh or farmer’s market, these are always bigger)
Or 6 small zucchini
2 Tbsp Olive oil

Sea Salt
1 clove Garlic, minced
Dried Oregano, basil, thyme

Slice zucchini into 1/8” to 1/4 “ coins. In a bowl, toss zucchini coins with seasonings and oil. Spread in a single layer on baking sheet, I like stoneware, so this is a nice option for making chips. Line with parchment to prevent from sticking.

Bake at 175°F for 2 ½ hours. 

These are a great alternative to traditional potato chips, and are fun for the kids. 

In vibrant health and happiness,
Tammi Hoerner

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